AMD Does Not Expect Broadcom, Nvidia in Next-Gen Servers

From X-bit Labs: For years servers based on microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices relied on core-logic sets from Broadcom and Nvidia Corp., however, when AMD releases its next generation Opteron processors, it will not allow any third-party chipsets to emerge and will rely solely on own chips.

Sun offers Java dev kit for device apps

From InfoWorld: A software development kit for Java ME (Micro Edition) 3.0 that features integration with Windows Mobile devices is now available, according to Sun Microsystems.

Java ME puts Java on mobile units. Built to run on Windows XP and Vista, the SDK is the successor to Java Wireless Toolkit 2.5.2 and Java Toolkit 1.0 for CDC (Connected Device Configuration).

DoCoMo to Supercharge Data With Network Improvements

From PC World: NTT DoCoMo, Japan's biggest cellular carrier, will soon launch improvements to its network that promise data transfers up to 15 times faster than are currently possible -- and it plans even greater changes next year.

Mozilla releases Firefox 3.5 beta

From CNET Mozilla on Monday released beta 3.5 of Firefox, a revamp of the open-source Web browser designed to include better performance, several new Web programming features, and a private browsing mode.

OCZ Launches Z-Drive PCI-Express SSD, Works Around Limits of SATA Interface

From DailyTech: The promise of fast access speeds has lured many enthusiasts over to SSDs already. Maximum capacity is doubling every year, and costs are dropping due to new process technologies being introduced.

AMD Demonstrates Twelve-Core Microprocessors

From X-bit Labs: Advanced Micro Devices has demonstrated its twelve-core microprocessors operating in a 4-way server just days after it said it would start selling six-core chips in May, 2008. Thanks to multi-chip-module nature of the code-named Magny-Cours processor, creation of such chip was a relatively easy challenge.

Qualcomm to pay Broadcom $891 million in patent settlement

From InfoWorld: Qualcomm, the world's largest maker of mobile phone chips, agreed to pay chip designer Broadcom $891 million to settle a long running patent dispute to end all courtroom proceedings globally.

The agreement ends litigation in the U.S., the E.U., and Korea and gives each company the right to use the other's patent portfolio for four years, they said in a statement.

Qualcomm will make its first payment of $200 million by the end of June.

Samsung Unveils Its First Google Phone

From PC World: Samsung Electronics became the first major mobile phone maker to launch a smartphone based on Google's Android software.

The South Korean company on Monday unveiled the I7500, which sports a 3.2-inch touchscreen, a 5-megapixel camera and 8GB of internal memory. It's 11.9 millimeters thick.

The I7500 will be available in major European countries starting from June, the company said.

Facebook Users Approve New Terms of Service

From DailyTech: Facebook, which allowed users to vote in favor or against the new terms of service (TOS) agreement on the site, will adopt the new changes even though the vote count wasn't very high.

Of the 200 million regular users on Facebook, around 666,000 users voted over the past seven days, with 75 percent of voters supporting the TOS modifications. Facebook originally wanted 60 million total votes, but realized that wouldn't be feasible.

GameFly Accuses USPS of Breaking Discs, Favoring Netflix, Blockbuster

From DailyTech: Video game rental service GameFly and the United States Postal Service (USPS) could be headed to court over accusations that USPS breaks thousands of game discs each year, and offers preferential treatment to Netflix and Blockbuster.

GameFly claims it sends 590,000 games to its subscribers each month and receives 510,000 of the games back. Around one or two percent of the total games sent each month are reportedly broken by USPS.

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